Sainsbury’s underlying profit before tax of £251M was down 9%

Sainsbury’s profits fall 9% in first half

By Rick Pendrous

Sainsbury has reported that a focus on food quality, price and innovation helped its supermarket business grow food transactions ahead of the market in its latest interim results for the 28 weeks to September 23 2017.

Sainsbury had worked with suppliers to reduce prices

Sainsbury cuts prices after supplier talks

By Matt Atherton

Sainsbury has “worked with suppliers” to cut its prices lower than the other big four supermarkets, claimed the retailer in its first-quarter trading report.

Sainsbury's food division remains resilient, said group chief executive Mike Coupe

Sainsbury’s food is ‘resilient’ as profits fall

By Matt Atherton

Sainsbury’s food business remains resilient in a difficult market, the supermarket says, as the group’s full-year profits before tax fell 8.2% to £503M in the 12 months to March 11.

Supermarkets have recalled pasta goods manufactured by Noliko N.V

Supermarkets recall pasta goods over possible rubber fault

By Matt Atherton

Tesco and Sainsbury have recalled a number of their own-label pasta products, after the Food Standards Agency (FSA) declared the products, manufactured by Belgian firm Noliko, might contain pieces of rubber.

Sainsbury: posted a 0.8% fall in like-for-like retail sales (excluding fuel) for the 12 weeks to June 4

Sainsbury Q1 results not ‘a car crash’

By Noli Dinkovski

Sainsbury has posted worse than expected quarter one (Q1) results in the wake of increased competition – but they are “far from a car crash” – a leading City analyst has claimed.

Sainsbury denies union claims it wants to axe 850 jobs

Sainsbury slams union claims of 850 job losses

By Michael Stones

Sainsbury has rejected claims from Unite the union that it plans to axe up to 850 jobs, days after spending £1.4bn to buy Argos owner, the Home Retail Group.

Sainsbury has axed multi-buy promotions

Sainsbury says bye bye to multi-buy promos

By Laurence Gibbons

Sainsbury will phase out multi-buy promotions by August 2016, after a survey found shoppers felt they were out of step with attitudes towards waste, health and value.

Food strengths are key to retailer survival

Top retailers should exploit food strengths

By Nicholas Robinson

Tesco, Asda, Sainsbury and Morrisons must make more of what they do best with food and drink in their fight back against the discounters Aldi and Lidl, a leading analyst has claimed.

Coupe has had his conviction for embezzlement overturned

Sainsbury boss escapes Egyptian jail

By Laurence Gibbons

Sainsbury boss Mike Coupe has escaped a jail term in Egypt after he was acquitted of attempted embezzlement by an Egyptian court.

Sainsbury claims income from suppliers is 'commercially sensitive'

Supermarkets called on to declare supplier income

By Rod Addy

Supermarkets should declare income from suppliers, in line with recommendations from corporate reporting regulator the Financial Reporting Council (FRC), according to a food industry accounting expert.

Mike Coupe's appeal hearing in an Egyptian court has been adjourned until May 21

Sainsbury boss jail appeal hearing date set

By Michael Stones

Sainsbury boss Mike Coupe’s appeal hearing in an Egyptian court against his two-year jail sentence has been postponed until Thursday May 21, as the retailer revealed its first loss in a decade in full-year results posted today (May 6).

Shoppers at Tesco were more likely to vote Conservative than those frequenting other retailers

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UKIP voters most likely to shop at Sainsbury’s stores

By Rod Addy

Tesco and Sainsbury shoppers are most likely to vote Conservative, Asda and Morrisons customers favour Labour and the UK Independence Party (UKIP) has the highest support among Sainsbury’s shoppers.

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Sainsbury jail sentences top our headlines

By Michael Stones

Jail sentences for Sainsbury’s chief executive Mike Coupe and its former boss Justin King lead our Good news, bad news sideways look at this week’s top food industry headlines.

Living near a Little Waitrose can help house prices a lot, claims Lloyds Bank

Living near Waitrose boosts house prices

By Michael Stones

Houses near a Waitrose store are worth 12% – or £38,831 – more than those elsewhere, while proximity to an Aldi shop can cut their price by 3%, according to research from Lloyds Bank.

Sainsbury said Q4 volume sales increased for the first time in more than a year

Sainsbury Q4 analysis

Sainsbury cuts discounters’ price lead

By Rod Addy

Sainsbury cut the price gap between it and discount retailers such as Aldi and Lidl in its fourth financial quarter (Q4), reflecting the discounters’ flagging momentum, a leading analyst has claimed.

Sainsbury reported a 1.7% fall in like-for-like retail sales, excluding petrol

Sainsbury at low ebb, vulnerable to Tesco recovery

By Rod Addy

Sainsbury’s suffering can “only intensify” according to one analyst, as the retailer’s poor third financial quarter (Q3) results highlighted its vulnerability should Tesco begin to recover from a tough 2014.

Sainsbury said more than 50% of added retail space in the next four years will be in convenience formats

Analysts respond to Sainsbury results

By Rod Addy

Analysts have cautiously welcomed Sainsbury’s trading figures for the first half of its financial year, but claim the supermarket chain has a “mountainous challenge” ahead of it.

Sainsbury is set to announce its strategic review on November 12

First six Sainsbury Netto stores to open imminently

By Rod Addy

Sainsbury will open the first six stores in its joint venture with Netto on November 6, but the supermarket chain’s proposition needs serious thought, according to a leading food analyst.

Sainsbury's results represented a watershed not just for the retailer but the whole grocery market, analysts said

Sainsbury results: the reaction

By Michael Stones

Sainsbury’s third consecutive quarter of falling like-for-like sales represents a watershed, not just for the beleaguered retailer but the whole fast-moving UK grocery sector, agreed most City and retail analysts. Here, we capture their verdict, at a...

'Morrisons is already in more than enough trouble,' says analyst

Morrisons denies Netto revival threat

By Nicholas Robinson

Morrisons has denied claims it will suffer from Netto’s re-entry onto the British supermarket scene, despite analyst claims it could prove vulnerable to a renewed round of price cutting.

Claudi Fin co-founder Lucy Woodhouse (centre) will be among the people offering advice to SMEs at the event (also pictured are Meriel Durand (right) and Sainsbury's business unit director James Bailey (left)

Food and drink SMEs offered pitches to retailers

By Laurence Gibbons

Small and start-up food and drink firms have been offered the chance to pitch their businesses to retail buyers and potentially secure listings in their stores, as part of a new government-backed initiative.

Justin King, 'a truly exceptional leader', is to step down from his role as ceo Sainsbury in July

Justin King to quit Sainsbury after 10 years

By Michael Stones

Sainsbury ceo Justin King – who is widely credited with reviving retailer’s once flagging fortunes – is to quit the supermarket this July, after 10 years at the helm.

Sainsbury's third quarter results were greeted with relief by City analysts

Sainsbury’s Q3 results greeted with relief by City analysts

By Michael Stones

Sainsbury’s third quarter results for the 14 weeks to January 4 2014 were greeted with relief by City analysts, as the supermarket’s boss Justin King pledged to stay at the helm – at least for the short to medium term.

Tesco struggled in Europe

Slow progress for Tesco as Sainsbury ploughs on

By Rod Addy

Supermarket Tesco’s interim results reflected a “pretty awful” performance in Europe according to one analyst as Sainsbury continued its unbroken run of like-for-like sales growth in its latest financial quarter.

Strong Sainsbury results showed the retailer had outperformed its supermarket rivals in a tough market

Sainsbury dodges horsemeat to post strong Q4 results

By Mike Stones

Supermarket chain Sainsbury has dodged the worst impact of the horsemeat scandal and posted better than expected financial results for its fourth quarter and year to March 16, driven mainly by non food items.

Sainsbury reported total sales up by 3.9% – partly reflecting the contribution of new store space.

Food price inflation to stabilise, Sainsbury sales up

By Mike Stones

Food price inflation is expected to stabilise over the next few months – despite recent reports of big food price increases from Waitrose – according to market research organisation BRC-Nielsen.

Sainsbury benefited from 'a unique and special summer'

Sainsbury outperforms rival Tesco

By Mike Stones

Britain’s third-largest supermarket Sainsbury reported total sales for second quarter up 4.3% and like-for-like sales up 1.9 %.


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